4. The Usual Suspects
While a great number of movies center around a ragtag band of strangers teaming together for one big job, few of them are assembled together before a police line-up. It’s not long after Rocket, Gamora, Groot and Star-Lord meet that they are arrested and placed along a similar line-up. The parallel is so on the nose that it can’t be an accident Benicio del Toro appears in Guardians as The Collector.
3. Cowboy Bebop
Not just an iconic series, but a touchstone for all that is cool in anime, Cowboy Bebop is the anime that definitely influenced Guardians with its mashup of Western, space opera and crime noir sensibilities. Bebop consists of episodes that tell mostly self-contained stories in just under half an hour in which Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, and Jet Black win some, but lose most of it.
2. Titan A.E.
A lesser known gem from the people that brought us The Secret of NIMH and An American Tail. Titan A.E. doesn’t just feature a worn down intergalactic future similar to Guardians, but a wisecracking fast-talking script too. No surprise since Buffy creator Joss Whedon did some work on it. Whedon is now famous for his work on The Avengers, but he worked closely with Titan A.E. co-writer Ben Edlund on the TV series Firefly, which brings us to…
The big screen adaptation for the short lived space western Firefly also serves as the desperate last stand for its creators and fans. Firefly and Serenity focused on space outlaws struggling to make a living despite the law and features the same level of bickering and friendship as Guardians. Moreover, the cast, lead by quippy misbehaving Malcolm Reynolds, is cut from the same insecure badass cloth.
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